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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Charles Archer: The Documentarian Part 1

From: Favorite Hunks & Other Things

'I want to convey something in an image that transcends a great body and face. I want that energy and connection.'

I have loved, and been following the work of Florida photographer Charles Archer since first seeing his work with a model named Jack Jr back in 2010. There was something so honest about Charles work I was drawn to. Over the course of working on FH, I have come to love so many types and styles artists use in the capturing of a model. The traditional studio shoot is not only costly, but impractical for so many artists who shoot the the male form.

 I love that documentary style was used to describe Charles work.  I would also add interactive into the description.  Photographers don't sit by the phone, or the computer, accepting offer after offer from models to shoot.  So much of the work is communication and connection.  Building a reputation, a portfolio and most of all trust.  Good photographers learn how to work with models on their terms, with their boundaries, with their fantasy's and fears.  Charles has mastered this skill and the featured images are just a sampling of the results.   Charles graciously supplied so many images, and so many stories, a part two is definitely in order!

 Can you share your first experience shooting a naked model? Were you nervous, how did it come about, how did it turn out?

'I have to take you back to 1990. I reached out to a photographer in Norfolk, VA who operated a studio called "Photo Opportunities". He was taking photos of male nudes and selling them in the gay papers and gay magazines. He would sell a pack of 5 prints and pay his models a commission on what he sold. Anyway, I reached out to him to express my interests in photography and I was very intrigued in what he was doing. I lived in Richmond and he invited me down to Norfolk to participate in a photo shoot. So I arrived in Norfolk - met David - who was a really nice guy. He introduced me to the model we were going to shoot.' 

 'I was extremely nervous. I mean here I am with a camera about to shoot a naked man! I don't remember his name but he was very handsome - cute. He had long hair and striking eyes. He flirted with me as we were doing the shoot. I could barely concentrate on what I was doing. The photos actually turned out pretty good even though at the time I didn't know what aperture was or shutter speed. I learned a lot from that experience and eventually started working with the photographer shooting some of the same models. We ended up shooting another model that weekend and I experienced photographing my first cum shot. I still have those photos and negatives. They are a part of my "print" portfolio.'

 How you go about approaching a stranger about heading to a hotel and taking off all their clothes for the camera? 

'I have some business cards that actually have some of my suggestive images on the back. I have presented strangers with a business card and have said, "I like your look. I'd love to photograph you." . Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I stopped in a clothing store once in San Diego. There I met Alex. We chatted and there was a connection so I said I'd love to photograph you. I gave him a card and he contacted me.I explained that I don't have a studio in San Diego but I shoot in my hotel room. He said he liked my work and was interested. I explained to him fully the process that I go through to do a shoot. And it is a process.' 

 'I want to make sure that the model is completely comfortable with everything that we are doing. I also tell them if I ask for a pose and they are not comfortable with it, we can shift directions and do something else. I respect the men that I shoot and I guess that comes across in the initial communication with them. I would never put a model in a situation that is going to make them regret doing a photo shoot. For what it's worth, I have photographed myself in the same manner that I have photographed others. I'm not ashamed of it and will often share that with a prospective model. AND I'm NO model!'

 'I have had a lot of people approach me to be photographed. Which is great! I guess they like the realness of my images. A photographer friend calls most of my images documentary in style. I can see how he would stay that when you photograph a man completely clothed to nothing at all. It's like I'm following their every move and documenting it.'

 What was the most memorable response from a guy who said No?

'Yes!!! I had flown to Seattle to do a shoot one weekend. This was a TFP - Time for Print shoot with 1 model. He had lined up another model and a stylist/makeup artist. I was going to shoot the 2 models separately and then together. I was doing portfolio work with them all. I talked to all involved in the shoot before hand so we were all clear on what we were doing. The plan was to do some clothed shooting outdoors and then some nudes.' 

'It was a beautiful day in Seattle - warm and sunny. I was staying at a B&B. We all got together at the B&B and then started the session. I actually photographed the models getting ready. It was going well. We went to a local park and took some very cute photos of the guys solo and together. We broke for lunch and then went back to the B&B to do the nudes. One of the models was all for it. I think he had a crush on the other model. The other model, however, did NOT want to do any nudes - even implied. I wasn't happy. I mean I flew across the country for this and the model was not going to back out of our agreement. I got some great shots of both models. But I'm a man of my word and expect the people I work with to be the same. If you don't shoot nudes - then don't check that box on your Model Mayhem profile!'

 Curious what you look for? Is it body, attitude, face or overall look? Are there days you just want to shoot a redhead, or a hairy guy, does your mood play into who you shoot?

'Interesting question. I think we are all drawn to a beautiful body and face. I would be lying to you if I said that I didn't look at someone's face and body before I decide to shoot them. However, attitude takes precedence. I want someone who is open minded and has energy. I want to convey something in an image that transcends a great body and face. I want that energy and connection.' 

 'If I can't connect to the man I'm shooting then it's not working for either of us. And when I say connect it's not a sexual thing. It's connecting as another man or human being. It's about trust and the model being open to the vulnerability that comes with nude modeling. I like confidence more than anything. After all, I photograph mostly straight men and they are more confident with themselves than most gay men I have photographed.'

 'I've only shot maybe 1 or two redheads. So if there are any other there who want to be a part of my work, please get in touch with me! I like hair on the men that I photograph because it adds texture - to what could be I think could be a flat image. Plus it (hair) looks natural. I do love photographing a hairy man but if someone is naturally smooth, that's great too. Just don't shave your pubic hair off! Most of the straight men I photograph come to the photo session with no pubic hair. I guess they watch too much porn!'


From: Favorite Hunks & Other Things
 'But there is a term for this kind of thing," he continued, not mincing words. "This is the mode of a bullshit artist, and it is sometimes amusing. It's entertaining, if the guy is trying to sell you a condo or a car. But for a president of the United States, it is deeply worrying'

I didn't think I could love Fareed Zakaria more than I already did!

Booty-full Man Enters Burger King In Nothing But A Jock Strap

He brought his own buns.
From: NewNowNext
One Burger King patron was certainly having it his way when he showed up to the fast food chain in nothing but a pair of leather boots and a jock strap.

Though we’re not sure what the context of the situation is, thanks to tags on the photo, we know that it was taken on the party island of Ibiza, which means our mystery man is probably a dancer or entertainer in one of the island’s many clubs.

Regardless, we’re glad there was someone around to document this strange, yet sexy, sighting.

Zumba Teacher Dances For First Time Since Being Shot In Pulse Nightclub Attack

An emotional video from the event shows Angel Colon reuniting with the officer who saved him on the night of the massacre.
From: NewNowNext
 A Zumba instructor who was shot several times during the Orlando massacre earlier this summer has taken the stage to dance for the first time since the horrific attack.

Angel Colon appeared in front of 7,500 other Zumba teachers at the Zumba Fitness Instructor Convention last week to thank the crowd for their support and to perform for the first time since being able to walk again.

The inspirational instructor danced to “Love Makes the World Go Round” by Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, a song the duo recorded last month as a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.

“The atmosphere here is so positive that you have to be smiling and I can’t even count the number of hugs I’ve received,” Colon told The Huffington Post about his time at the convention. “This experience has been amazing and I am honored to feel so much love from the Zumba instructor community. They are like family.”

The night also served as a memorial for Angel Luis Candelario-Padro, a fellow Zumba instructor who was one of the 49 people who lost their lives in the massacre.

During an emotional speech from Colon before the performance began, he was reunited on stage with Officer Omar Delgado, the man responsible for pulling Colon to safety on the night of the attack.

The poignant moment was captured on video and you can watch it below.

10 Groovy Things to Do in August starring Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Goss

From: Deep Dish

Since there are so many groovy plays, musicals, concerts and events, this is my monthly list to help promote a few of them (click on a title for more information or to purchase tickets):

August 4 - 6 at at NYC's Laurie Beechman Theatre

Over the past six years, the openly gay Aussie comic has taken the Australian comedy festival circuit by storm, scored his own standup comedy special, opened for Joan Rivers and won a legion of fans as a finalist on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Lovingly referred to as Australia’s ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, Creasey returns to New York with another night of laughs delivered in signature Creasey style: tight jeans, big hair and a truckload of wicked stories.

August 5 - 12 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below

Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) returns with his hit show Girls, Girls, Girls focusing on the female – both the mythic & the contemporary. Expect tunes from the likes of Elvis Costello, Loretta Lynn, Frank Sinatra and even a little Johnny Cash!

August 12 - September 10 at Stage 773 in Chicago

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to bring back last season’s steamy, sell-out hit with Caitlin Jackson recreating Bette Midler’s historic bathhouse concert in New York City. Featuring live music from Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow, Chad as Mr. Gerald (bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars) and singing bathhouse boys in strategically placed towels (TJ Crawford and Will Wilhelm), this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler’s stellar career features such fabulous songs as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", "Superstar" and, of course, "Chapel of Love" (click here for my 2015 review).

August 13 & 14 in Chicago

Northalsted Market Days is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate on Chicago's Halsted Street. Below is Boy Culture's video of Beefcake Twister at 2013's Market Days.

Tom Goss
The LGBT singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his sixth album, What Doesn't Break, with performances on both coasts 
(photo credit: Dusti Cunningham).

August 15 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, this year's free concert will feature performances by Disney’s Aladdin, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, The Bodyguard, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,The King and I, Something Rotten!, Stomp and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

August 16 at Provincetown's Town Hall

The Tony Award-winning Broadway star appears in concert with Mary-Mitchell Campbell at the piano. This event will help raise funds for The Tyler Clementi Foundation.

August 19 & 20 at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco

Spencer Day invites you to join him as he travels through a 100 year period of music that has inspired him as a songwriter. This is the premiere of his new show, Western Standard Time, featuring several original compositions, as well as unique takes on songs from artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Paul Simon, Blondie to Gershwin, Cole Porter, and a few one hit wonders. By weaving together music from every decade of the last century, Day reveals how much these songs share in common and have informed his creative sensibility.

August 20 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre

Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit dance concert that brings together the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago for one night on the same stage, including Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash and Vicseral Dance Chicago. Funds raised assist The Dancers’ Fund and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

August 21 at Provincetown's Town Hall

The Tony Award-winning Broadway star appears in concert with special guests Will Swenson and pianist/host Seth Rudetsky for an evening of incredible songs and conversation.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Drops First Trailer, Reveals Insane Twist

“Honey, nobody can claim that this race is rigged,” declared RuPaul. “I gave the power to the people."
From: NewNowNext
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is right around the corner, and Logo has just released the first trailer for the new season.

When All Stars returns for a second season, Emmy-nominated host RuPaul will be joined by permanent squirrelfriends Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage—plus guest judges like Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham Norton, Aubrey Plaza and others.

But there’s more: Every All Star knows you have to mix things up to stay on top, so this season there’s a big twist. Each episode, the top two queens will “Lip Sync for Their Legacy”—the winner getting to choose which of her competitors goes home!

We. Are. Gagging.

The new gameplay will radically change the group dynamic and their strategies to win. Usually the queens just have to impress RuPaul and the judges on the main stage—now Adore Delano, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Detox, Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O’Hara, Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna have to work to impress each other at all times—on and off the stage

“Honey, nobody can claim that this race is rigged,” declared RuPaul. “I gave the power to the people. May the best All Star win!”

Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2, starting August 25 at 9/8c on Logo and VH1.

Below the All Star queens spill the T on their biggest competition.


“King Cobra” Star Garrett Clayton Cast As Link Larkin In “Hairspray”

The leap from playing a gay porn star to a 1960s teen is a small one indeed.
From: NewNowNext
 Former Disney star Garrett Clayton has already lined up his next project after King Cobra, the gay-porn drama that sees him playing twink superstar Brent Corrigan.

 Clayton will be leaping back into his wholesome roots as Link Larkin in NBC’s upcoming live telecast of Hairspray Live!.

 Lark, of course, is Tracy’s love interest and supports integration in Baltimore. The role was played by Michael St. Gerard in the original 1988 Hairspray movie and by Zac Efron in the 2007 musical remake.

 NBC also announced Dove Cameron, who plays identical twin on Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie, has been tapped to play villainous Amber Von Tussle.

Previously announced roles include Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Derek Hough as TV host Corny Collins, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.

Harvey Fierstein will recreate his Tony-winning Broadway role as Edna Turnblad.

Below, Clayton discusses the “aggressive” sexuality in King Cobra.

“I’m With Cher” Is A Political Movement We Can Get Behind

National. Treasure.
From: NewNowNext
Cher’s tweets have always been a goldmine, but she has been on fire this election season with all of her love for Hillary Clinton and her hatred for Donald Trump:

Now artist Anna Niess has brought Cher’s legendary tweets to life in a collection of campaign swag called I’m With Cher, that features the “Believe” singer’s most iconic emoji-filled feelings about the presidential candidates.

Niess originally just created the pieces to showcase on her website, but since the launch she has received so many requests that she will “make about 150 posters and buttons for the first run and estimates she’ll start shipping everything out in the next few weeks,” according to Paper. All of the proceeds will go to benefit Everytown For Gun Safety (or a charity of Cher’s choice).
Head on over to the I’m With Cher website to own a piece of political history!


“Celebrity Big Brother” Contestants Declare Bisexuality Isn’t Real: “You Have To Pick A Team!”

Another summer, another offensive Big Brother chat!
From: NewNowNext
 Celebrity Big Brother fans are fumed after a conversation between two housemates turned anti-LGBT on yesterday’s live feeds.

During a chat with Mob WivesRenee Graziano about her feelings on gay rights and the LGBT community, gay housemate Christopher Biggins, an actor and TV presenter, nonchalantly declared that bisexuality is not real, and that bisexual people are simply afraid to come out as gay.

“It’s beautiful… it’s who you are and I think it’s natural, but I think today in society, I think they kind of force things on people and confuse you,” said Graziano.

Biggins added: “I think the worst type though, I’m afraid to say, is the bisexuals. What it is, is people not wanting to admit they’re gay… be honest, that’s what you’ve got to be.”

Without hesitation, Graziano agreed, saying bisexuality “upsets” her.

“You have to pick a team!” she yelled. “You can pick any one you want! But you have to pick a team!”

Biggins and Graziano’s conversation was broadcast live on the internet as gay housemate Frankie Grande, who is looking for a straight bromance this season, looked on without interjecting.

Their comments understandably upset some viewers, including RuPaul’s Drag Race judge and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Michelle Visage.

“Disappointed in Biggins and Renee after that conversation,” she tweeted yesterday.

“I was raised with the truth that most gay men chose bisexual as a label to come out with first, because it was safer than gay. I admit that for YEARS I too believed that bisexuality was just the gateway to gay and easier to hide behind vs coming right out.”

Just Because: Jack Mackenroth & Michael Biserta

Just because there are more pics of two of the hottest new hunks from the past year that I have not posted! Thanks to the blog reader who sent me some shots of Jack I did not have.
August 2, 2008


Hot Heeb of the Day for August 2, 2013

From: Hot Heebs
Shabbat Shalom
Hilton Beach, Tel Aviv

Favorite Pic of the Day for August 2, 2008

From: Favorite Hunks & Other Things

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